Ethiopia PM warns Egypt against taking dam file to UNSC-UPDATED

Relations between Ethiopia and Egypt have soured over Ethiopia's plans to build its Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt's main source of water.

Ethiopia PM warns Egypt against taking dam file to UNSC-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Wednesday that Egypt would be on the losing side if it referred the issue of Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

"We're ready for this and will win politically," Desalegntold local reporters on Wednesday.

He went on to describe as "useless" Egyptian plans to take the Ethiopian dam file to the UNSC.

The Ethiopian prime minister added that work on the dam was proceeding on schedule despite stalled negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, which Desalegn attributed to Egyptian "intransigence."

Relations between Ethiopia and Egypt have soured over Ethiopia's plans to build its Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt's main source of water.

The controversial project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, regarding its traditional share of Nile water.

Water distribution among Nile basin states has long been based on a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of the river's water.

Ethiopia, for its part,says it must build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.

Addis Ababainsists the new dam can benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity thusgenerated.

Local Egyptian media recently quoted Irrigation Ministry spokesman Khalid Wasif as saying that Egypt would take its complaints against the Ethiopian dam project to the international level.

Desalegn responded by saying that the international community sympathized with his country's "just" position.

He stressed Ethiopia's desirefor stable relations with Egypt, reiterating his country's rejection of what he described as the "language of threats" employed against Ethiopia by the Egyptian media.

He went on to rule out the notionof armed conflict between the two countries, describingsuch an outcome as "impossible."

Egypt irrigation minister says 'all options are open'

Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib on Thursday said that "all options are open" for Egypt regarding Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project, which Egypt fears could threaten its traditional share of Nile water.

"Ethiopian decision-makers must bring a solution to the table that won't compromise Egypt's share of water," Abdel-Muttalib told Anadolu Agency.

Abdel-Muttalib stressed that Egypt wouldn't close the door to negotiations with Addis Ababa, but maintained that the "internationalization" of the crisis remained an option for the Egyptian government in the event of an impasse.

"All options and scenarios are open," Abdel-Muttalib asserted. "Each party has the right to defend its interests without compromising the other's rights."

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MASSAY
MASSAY - 5 yıl Before

THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE ARE PREPARED FOR ALL EVENTUALITIES! TO WIN OR DIE FOR THIS CAUSE! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY EGYPTIAN POLITICIANS' PROBLEM AND THEY MUST THEMSELVES BRING THE SOLUTION! THEIR PROBLEM IS NOT WATER, BUT KEEPING ETHIOPIANS UNDER POVERTY LINE AND PREY ON. THEY HAVE STOLEN THE LIFE OF ETHIOPIANS AND LIVED ON US FOR CENTURIES. NOW IS THE TIME TO CLAIM FAIR SHARE AND ASCERTAIN OUR SOVEREIGNTY. ARROGANCE NEVER CHANGES OUR MIND AND LIMIT OUT ASPIRATION.LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA.

Meles Zenawi
Meles Zenawi - 5 yıl Before

What Egypt need to realize is to come to its senses before it too late.If threats and self aggrandizing continue in this manner.The Ethiopian people will start preemptive strike measures on Abay(Nile) in order to response to the threat which is coming from Egypt. There are lots of suggestions in Ethiopia by the right wing views to do to the water if attacked.So Egypt and Ethiopia need to work to gather in order to safeguard the water responsibly.

Bilal
Bilal - 5 yıl Before

There are many people in Ethiopia who oppose this dam construction and will help Egypt destroy it.

Anteneh
Anteneh - 5 yıl Before

Egypt has no rulers and is in the brink of collapse. They tell us you can use the water for your development and in the meantime we don't allow one drop reduction in our quota of waters. Well, if you accept your quota found in the cooperative frame work agreement signed by the majority of nile basin counties you are well come other wise wake up.

DOVE
DOVE - 5 yıl Before

The entire Ethiopian project/s for its Blue Nile IS A COMPROMISE in Egypt's favor; in that it is a hydro electric power generation plan as opposed to an agricultural one with direct impact on water usage ( which Ethiopia will certainly be justified in implementing ). I wish the Egyptians would take YES for an answer! I wish Ethiopian officials would let Egypt/World know, the country has already made the defining compromise, not out of being FOOLISHLY threatened, but out of concern for Egypt !!

G/Cherqos  G/Alef.
G/Cherqos G/Alef. - 5 yıl Before

Deforestaion in and around the Nile Basin of Ethiopia is the single most dangerous threat to the survival of the Nile River and ultimately Egypt. 85-90% of Nile water comes from Ethiopia, it is therefore immoral and illegal to demand Ethiopia not to use its water for producing electricity, which will eventually help protect the green environment around the Ethiopian Nile Basin and thus lead to a sustaibale Nile flow to feed water hungry Egypt.

Linda
Linda - 5 yıl Before

Assab+Nile=Mot le Ethiopia

Eth
Eth - 5 yıl Before

@Linda, Ethiopia will never die. perhaps you will die